Who We Are

Policy goals: Coffee Party White Paper

Coffee Party USA is a grassroots, non-partisan movement that aims to restore the principles and spirit of democracy in America. It  started on Facebook as a popular fan page in January 2010 and has since blossomed into a national non-profit organization with a network of over half a million people and dozens of local chapters.

Our path to restoring democracy in America includes:

  • Identifying and advocating for legislative fixes to reform campaign finance laws, Wall Street regulations, and the tax code;
  • Promoting cultural changes to address political disengagement, polarization and widespread misinformation.

Our activities often center around encouraging inclusive, civil, fact-based, solution-oriented dialogue — online and in public places such as coffee houses — in which we meet, talk, become informed and engaged as fellow Americans, rather than as members of political parties.

We believe that we share common goals as a people. We all want to live in safe communities with access to well-paid jobs that will allow us to provide for our families, help us secure a decent education for our children, and allow us to access adequate health care. We call upon the American people to transcend the hyper-partisanship that is so common today and move toward organizing communities around the mutual desire for ongoing, responsible civic engagement.

We understand that we must act boldly to not only break the cycle of corruption, but also recommit to the concept of a government of, by and for the people. We are the government. The government is us. We want to fix the problems in our government, not turn against the idea of government.

We need more – in quantity and quality – direct engagement with our government officials and with one another. Participating in our democracy should not be about just voting every 2 to 4 years – relying only on what appears in mainstream media and in campaign ads – and then hoping for the best. We need to engage the government in a way that promotes accountability to the public, transparency, and the spirit of E Pluribus Unum (out of many voices, one).

We need to create effective civic engagement opportunities by:

  • Demanding more officially sanctioned activities such as town hall meetings with officials and public reviews of policies with an invitation for public comments;
  • Organizing informal community meetings in which we invite fellow Americans to exchange ideas.
  • Encouraging the use of Internet communications, social networking and polling technologies to more effectively inform and involve the broad public community in interactive debate.

We operate entirely independently of political parties and we do not endorse candidates.

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commented 2013-12-23 13:11:23 -0600 · Flag
Thank you
commented 2013-10-10 19:15:25 -0500 · Flag
I’m a Occupier, I wanna send the Dems to thge deepest opposition, and do thi again and again, until they’ll get, that the only reason for the Liberals to held in power is to rebalance this capitalist system with system fairness/ social justice. After Obama we are going to purge the Dems, like the Tea Party purges the GOP. Do you?
commented 2013-08-04 10:40:53 -0500 · Flag
There is clearly some ironic reference to the Tea Party. It might be a good idea to directly state what makes the Coffee Party different. The reason I say this is that some people are uninterested in the Tea Party because it has a conservative bias, which means that a less ideologically biased alternative makes sense. Others view the Tea Party as a racist organization, which is a view I consider to be either paranoid or cynically partisan. So someone like me would like to know whether you’re saying “let’s have a more inclusive populist movement” or whether you’re taking it as a given that the Tea Party is a sinister mob that the Coffee Party is meant to oppose. In the latter case one would get the sense that the Coffee Party is a left wing organization wearing a non-partisan cloak, which otherwise doesn’t appear to be implied on this site. If that’s not what the Coffee Party is then it would be a good idea to make that clear. Choosing a name that forces a Tea Party comparison means you are stuck having to answer that question, so why not put the answer in your mission statement.
commented 2013-05-13 10:56:59 -0500 · Flag
I am very excited about the concept and hope this will be an open forum to discuss differences and open lines of communication so we can learn to work together rather than polarize those who do not share the same opinion on the best path to take to accomplish our shared goals.
commented 2013-04-10 11:59:58 -0500 · Flag
who’s pouring? just black for me, thank you! (…aahhh…uummm…)
OK, first order of biz???
commented 2013-04-06 02:30:32 -0500 · Flag
Democracy needs to rely on conscious and active citizenship. In America, in Belgium, … Everywhere ! So i raise my coffee to you all who take responsibilities and through this, take part in the government of things: your Life, your Family, your Community, your Associations, your Governing Bodies :-) Cheers ! (and rather with coffee than with Tea ;-)
(Michael de Borman, Brussels, Belgium)
commented 2013-04-04 14:24:43 -0500 · Flag
What is the Coffee Party’s plan for creating real change? Talking about issues in a coffee house sounds like a good outlet for frustrations, but how about actually overturning Citizens United or introducing voting initiativies or legislative action? What has TCP done so far? What is their roadmap for the coming year? What can you offer beyond good intentions?
commented 2013-01-27 18:54:52 -0600 · Flag
I hope the people at the Coffee Party will rally their members to see this video of a military exercise with gunshots and helicopters in downtown Miami. So now they’re practicing in our cities? This is totally unacceptable and we need to let our Congress know it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri9ioCbqJCU
commented 2012-12-30 11:53:41 -0600 · Flag
Thanks, Cameron. I understand what you are saying. However, the communication may get there AFTER the voting on the fiscal cliff, since that is coming up right away. It should not be difficult to change the legislator info – you most likely have it in a tabular file. Why ask ppl to send messages to the wrong legislators – it makes you seem lazy or incompetent. I’m all for what the Coffee Party stands for, and that’s why I sent the message, but you really should test it before your put it out………
commented 2012-12-30 11:40:01 -0600 · Flag
Bruce. The Congress-person calculator I believe is probably based on the old census. Thank you for pointing this out. We will address this with the appropriate department. Be rest assured though that your message will get to the correct representative, because by law all information that is supposed to reach the appropriate representative when written to a different representative must be forwarded and sent to them as they are the proper person to represent you. Thanks!

-Cameron
commented 2012-12-30 10:53:24 -0600 · Flag
There are bugs with your fiscalcliff / congress-person calculator. It shows the wrong person as my congress-person (should be Tom Rooney), and there is a 3rd senator, with no name in the name field
commented 2012-12-18 07:05:58 -0600 · Flag
I must agree with Cameron. We all have different views. Coffee Party is the place where you are free to discuss them and exchange different views civilly
commented 2012-12-18 05:44:06 -0600 · Flag
Shawn,

Regardless of your views on this subject, I want to clarify something that matters here. You should not be disappointed in how Annabel feels about this subject. That is her view. If you have an opposing view, we should not be disappointed in your view. That is your view.

WE are the people and WE are self-governing, and the 2nd amendment is part of the bill of rights, but that doesn’t stop the first amendment from being implemented and neither The Coffee Party nor the Govt. will infringe upon that right either. I can understand your view since I feel a certain way about gun laws as well, but I have my own views about this matter and LOVE the fact that my view point as well as yours and Annabel’s will be respected here.

The Coffee Party is here to allow those views to be stated and discussed civilly. Look at it as she is representing her position on the matter, not as coffee party’s position on the matter, and welcomes all of us to post OUR positions as the PEOPLE to counter her or agree with her in a civilized manner. As Eric once said, The Coffee Party is a mural of America that is painted with one broad brush stroke per comment at a time. It is this reason we made our site an interactive place to be. It warms my heart to see you dissent, because that means we are being civil in the discussion of our Politics. Thanks Shawn for your post.

Cameron Michaels
commented 2012-12-18 04:51:44 -0600 · Flag
“We understand that we must act boldly to not only break the cycle of corruption, but also recommit to the concept of a government of, by and for the people. We are the government. The government is us. We want to fix the problems in our government, not turn against the idea of government.” Your mission statement seems to quote the Constitution but Annabel is quick to blast the 2nd Amendment. What about the Bill of Rights? I just found out about who the Coffee Party is and quite honestly I’m rather disappointed in what I’m seeing. At first I thought that I would see good things on here but I see conflicting views from Mrs. Park and what the Coffee Party claims it represents. She needs to do a lot more homework before she goes off on things that make her misguided in her rants. I am not a gun toting outspoken NRA advocate nor am I the opposite. I just found her reading rather uneducated, misinformed, and quite frankly useless in trying to persuade her audience to see things her way.
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